Elizabeth Colbert-Busch

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Elizabeth Colbert-Busch
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Candidate for
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 1
PartyDemocratic
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of Charleston
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ProfessionSales and Marketing Professional
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Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina.[1][2]

Colbert-Busch is the older sister of The Colbert Report host, Stephen Colbert.[3]

She is challenging former Gov. Mark Sanford (R) for the open seat. The special election being held to fill the seat left empty following the appointment of Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate.[4][5] Colbert-Busch easily defeated challenger Ben Frasier in the Democratic special primary election on March 19, 2013.[6]

The general election race is expected to be tough for any Democrat. The Charleston-area seat has been a Republican stronghold for decades, and continues to lean Republican.[7][8] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[9]

Early indicators suggest the race between Colbert-Busch and Sanford will be competitive.[10][11] Many believe that Sanford's forces will have a hard time overwhelming Colbert-Busch in the competition for dollars, as her brother, Stephen Colbert, is going all out to raise cash for his older sister.[12]

The race is included in a Washington Post list of the Top 5 races of 2013.[13]

Biography

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Cobert-Busch comes from a large family and is the sister of The Colbert Report host, Stephen Colbert. She serves as the director of sales and marketing at Clemson University. Prior to this, she held a similar position at Orient Overseas Container Line.[1][3][14]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, College of Charleson[3]

Issues

Political positions

In response to a question tweeted to her in early April 2013, Colbert-Busch responded as being both pro-choice and in favor of marriage equality.[15]

Elections

2013

See also: South Carolina's 1st congressional district special election, 2013

Colbert-Busch is running for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. The election is being held to replace Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.[16] Colbert-Busch ran in the Democratic primary and defeated Ben Frasier on March 19, 2013.[6][2] Martin Skelly originally filed to run but withdrew in early February.[17] The general election takes place on May 7, 2013.[18]

Former Governor Mark Sanford is seen as the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he has $120,000 in an old campaign account. This coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly gives him a leg up on the field. This is also his former seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that he held for three terms, prior to being elected governor.[19]

The district leans Republican.[20] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[21]

Endorsements

After Martin Skelly withdrew from the race, he threw his support behind Colbert-Busch, saying "she inspires both the party faithful and the political center that we need to generate consensus and end gridlock in Congress."[22]

The AFL-CIO endorsed her on February 14, 2013, stating "“Elizabeth’s business experience with the maritime industry and Clemson University helps her understand that when labor and management work together everyone wins." Charleston Mayor Joe Riley endorsed her the same day, describing her as a “tireless worker, a self-made woman in a field where there were few women."[23]

U.S. Representative James Clyburn endorsed her on February 19, 2013, citing "something unique about Elizabeth’s experiences…She has life experiences to take us to success in the general election."[24]

Following the GOP runoff primary on April 2, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand threw her support behind Colbert-Busch, which included the support of her PAC Off the Sidelines.[25] In a statement announcing the endorsement Gillibrand said, "Elizabeth has been off the sidelines and involved in her community for years, having founded the Executive Board of Directors of Charleston Women in International Trade as well as serving as Chair of the Maritime Association Port of Charleston, among other positions. I'm thrilled that this year, Elizabeth has decided to add Congressional candidate to her list of achievements, and with your help, we'll be sending her to Washington, D.C. very soon."[25]

Media


Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch's 2nd television ad, "Elizabeth Colbert Busch Knows Jobs"

Republican Mark Sanford's 3rd television ad, "Difference"

In early March 2013, Mark Sanford released his third television ad in his campaign for the House seat.[26] In all, Sanford's campaign spent approximately $170,000 on three TV ads prior to the primary election, according to spokesman Joel Sawyer.[26] In the new ad, Sanford called himself "financially the most conservative governor in America and the "first governor to turn down stimulus money," an effort that failed when South Carolina's Supreme Court ruled the state must accept the $700 million.[26]

On March 15, Colbert-Busch released her second television ad.[27] The ad focused on her connection to the state and experience creating jobs.[27] She previously launched her first ad on the same day as Sanford's release of his third television ad.[26]

Campaign donors

2013

Colbert-Busch raised almost as much as likely Republican nominee Mark Sanford at $309,559 and has $208,630 on hand.[28]

She has not received any money directly from her brother, but she has received $2,600 from Evelyn McGee and $2,500 from Evelyn Colbert. Stephen Colbert’s wife is Evelyn McGee Colbert. Trevor Potter, the Republican Washington lawyer hired to help Stephen Colbert start a super PAC, also contributed $500 to Colbert-Busch's campaign.[28] Colbert-Busch also reportedly received a $5,000 donation from the leadership PAC of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D), who also hosted a D.C. fundraiser for her in early March.[26]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico "No joke: Stephen Colbert’s sister plans House bid," January 18, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 South Carolina Radio Network "List of 19 candidates running for District 1 seat," January 28, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 West Ashley Patch "A Closer Look at Elizabeth Colbert-Busch," January 18, 2013
  4. The Republic "Sanford's hopes of a political comeback rest with voters this week" Accessed March 17, 2013
  5. The Washington Post, "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 SC Votes "March 19 Special Primary Election" Accessed March 19, 2013
  7. MSNBC "Elizabeth Colbert Busch wedged in crowded special election race" Accessed March 17, 2013
  8. Salon.com "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013
  9. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013
  10. Politico "Mark Sanford advances to runoff" Accessed April 19, 2013
  11. Washington Post "Mark Sanford wins Republican runoff in South Carolina" Accessed April 2, 2013
  12. Politico "GOP frets Mark Sanford could blow it" Accessed April 4, 2013
  13. Washingotn Post "The Fix's Top 5 Races of 2013" Accessed March 18, 2013
  14. MSNBC "Elizabeth Colbert Busch Wedged in Crowded Special Election Race" Accessed March 17, 2013
  15. Twitter "Elizabeth Colbert-Busch" Accessed April 4, 2013
  16. Washington Post "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 2012
  17. Roll Call "South Carolina Skelly exits Special Election" Accessed March 11, 2013
  18. South Carolina Republican Party Website "1st Congressional Special Election details set," accessed January 3, 2013
  19. Roll Call "Sanford Likely Front-Runner in S.C. Special Election," January 3, 2013
  20. Salon.com "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013
  21. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013
  22. Roll Call "South Carolina: Skelly Exits Special Election; Colbert’s Sister Now Top Democratic Contender," February 11, 2013
  23. "", North Charleston Patch, February 13, 2013
  24. Congressman James Clyburn Endorses Elizabeth Colbert Busch, The Charleston Chronicle, February 19, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 Daily Kos "Let's Send Elizabeth Colbert Busch to Congress" Accessed April 4, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 Sunlight Foudnation "Mark Sanford Drops 3rd ad in Special Election" Accessed March 17, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 National Journal "Colbert Busch Releases Second TV Ad" Accessed March 17, 2013
  28. 28.0 28.1 Washington Post "Koch brother donates to Mark Sanford" Accessed March 11, 2013